New 12 Acre Aquaponics Farm Planned For Minnesota


Glen Ford, of InCity Farms, recently purchased 12 acres of vacant land in Wellston, MN. Ford said his goal for the land is to build an urban farm that can benefit the community which has high unemployment.

Rendering of new commercial aquaponics facility in Minnesota.
Rendering of new commercial aquaponics facility in Minnesota. Photo Cred; Glenn Ford via STLToday

The first facility will be 175,000 square feet and cost about $20 million dollars. Ford hopes the facility will employ up to 130 residents of the community many of whom will be finding employment for the first time.While some positions will require skilled labor, Ford plans to start unskilled workers at $33,000 a year with the opportunity for an annual $4,000 bonus.

Ford plans to keep the business as a for-profit venture and finds that will be key to sustaining the project year after year. “It’s my feeling that nonprofits can be tremendously helpful, but if you’re going to revitalize a community, you’ve got to have a strong for-profit” sector, he said.

Ford plans to sell his fish and produce locally as much as he can and hopes to tap into the markets in St. Louis for what cannot be sold locally. “Inner city communities have a severe balance of trade problem. They gain little community benefit for the value of their dollars spent. I believe this must be rectified and it should start with food,” says Ford.

“Inner city communities have a severe balance of trade problem. They gain little community benefit for the value of their dollars spent. I believe this must be rectified and it should start with food,” says Ford.

Ford plans for a quick construction timeframe and hopes to have the facility up by next summer.

To read more about the project and Ford’s plans for his farms, check out the original story here.


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